Curran: Sanchez should air it out vs. Patriots


Curran: Sanchez should air it out vs. Patriots

You'd think that with the Jets coming to town, the Patriots secondary could breathe a sigh of relief.

After all, Mark Sanchez isn't exactly Joe Namath. And Tim Tebow, well, he's Tim Tebow.

But then you see Russell Wilson go off on New England, and consider the Patriots injuries now.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says why not throw it?

"You look at what happened yesterday, the back end of the Patriots defense, there's no guarantees we're going to see Patrick Chung with the shoulder come back; Steve Gregory has missed two weeks. So the back end of the secondary is in a little disarray," Curran said.

Jets running back Shonn Green looked good last game, but that shouldn't be the focal point of New York's offense come Sunday.

"Go ahead and roll Mark Sanchez out and take your shots down the field," Curran said. "I think that even though they had reduced attempts yesterday relative to what they normally would, if he doesn't throw 30 passes, somebody needs to lose a job not me."

Expect Patriots to tread carefully as Lewis nears return from knee surgery


Expect Patriots to tread carefully as Lewis nears return from knee surgery

FOXBORO -- Dion Lewis is reportedly set to return to the practice field this week, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, and you should expect the Patriots to move carefully as the running back edges closer to a return.

The team will have until November 16 to decide whether to activate Lewis, who tore his ACL last season against Washington on November 9. The ACL healed fine for Lewis after surgery was performed by renowned sports orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews. But knee pain that developed during the summer was found to be a patella stress fracture. That kind of injury is rare but not unheard of after ACL repairs as quadriceps flexion can put stress on a grafted area (and Lewis has giant quads). The remedy is inserting screws in the patella which was done in Lewis’ case. 

Now, with the “clock” started on Lewis’ return from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, determining how well he responds to the increased workload of practice and then padded practice and hitting will be the next step in determining whether he returns by the middle of next month or is put on IR.

Meanwhile, the performance of James White so far has mitigated the sting of Lewis’ absence. While Lewis’ return wouldn’t be accelerated based upon on-field need – this isn’t a “rush ‘em back”-type injury – the team has to feel a little less urgency given White’s contributions so far as a runner and receiver. White is on pace for a career year, with 27 receptions for 244 yards and three touchdowns.